Mon 12/9 @ 6PM
One of Cleveland’s most unusual treasures — and one unknown to even many area natives — are the Cultural Gardens strung out like jewels along MLK Boulevard in Rockefeller Park. After the first opened in 1916, they popped up in profusion throughout the 1930s until 1940, mostly honoring the European cultures that provided Cleveland with most of its late 19th century/early 20th century immigrants. Only a handful of new ones were created until the early ’00s, when their number dramatically increased, reflecting the greater diversity of countries of original of contemporary Cleveland residents. The latest, the Ethiopian Garden, was dedicated in August.
Get to know more about them and support the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation, which oversees them, at a holiday party, taking place at the Polish American Cultural Center in Slavic Village. There’ll be a cash bar and appetizers at 6pm as well as a tour of the Polish Cultural Museum Collections for anyone interested, followed by dinner, a program and a piano concert by Dr. Konrad Binenda, known for his performances of music by Frederic Chopin, at 7pm.
Tickets are $30 per person. Call 216-220-3075 for more information or mail a check to CCGF, 10821 Magnolia Drive, Cleveland 44106